Thursday, September 06, 2012

September 6

Today is my birthday, and as a proud former Naval officer, I am pleased by some key naval historical references to this day in history.

- In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed from La Gomera in the Canary Islands (where my maternal grandmother came from), his final port of call in the Old World before crossing the Atlantic for the first time and reaching the New World... of course, now we know that the Vikings and Basque fishermen had made the crossing hundreds of times prior to his voyage, but his is the one that counted!

- In 1522, La Victoria, the only surviving ship of Fernando Magellan's courageous expedition, returns to the sherry-growing town of San LĂșcar de Barrameda in Andalucia, Spain, thus becoming the first seagoing vessel to circumnavigate the world.

- In 1620, the Pilgrims sail from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower to settle in Massachusetts.

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